Are You Ready?

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

Buddhist Proverb

Are YOU Ready, Willing, and Able to Be Coached?

Carefully consider your responses to the following questions to determine your readiness to enter into a coaching relationship.

  • I have or can find the time and energy to invest in myself through coaching.
    Yes ____ No ____
  • The next 12 to 18 months of my life are likely to be free of unusual demands such as the birth of a new baby or a family relocation.
    Yes ____ No ____
  • I am ready to look within myself and discover what needs to be changed.
    Yes ____ No ____
  • I want to make changes for myself, not for someone else.
    Yes ____ No ____
  • There is a gap between where I am and where I want to be.
    Yes ____ No ____
  • I am fully willing to do the work required to get me where I want to go.
    Yes ____ No ____
  • I am willing to stop or change the self-defeating behaviors that limit my success.
    Yes ____ No ____
  • I am willing to try new things even if I am not 100 percent convinced they will work.
    Yes ____ No ____
  • I am able to make and keep appointments with myself to work on coaching assignments such as journal writing, assessments, and developmental activities that my coach might request.
    Yes ____ No ____
  • I have the patience to take consistent action towards my goals, regardless of how immediate the results are.
    Yes ____ No ____
  • Coaching is worth the money it costs and is more valuable than the free advice I can get from friends, family and colleagues.
    Yes ____ No ____
  • I have the support I need to make significant changes (i.e., family or company buy-in).
    Yes ____ No ____
  • Hiring a coach is a worthwhile developmental strategy and I have no problem in telling others that I have engaged a professional executive coach.
    Yes ____ No ____

If you answered no to two or more of these questions, you will need to make some adjustments before the coaching can be effective. If you decide to pursue a coaching relationship, please discuss your responses with your coach.